Q: Hired by a Federal Agency, got infected while on training, and terminated my employment. Can they just terminate it?
I was hired by a federal agency and invited for two weeks of training. I got infected with COVID on the third day of the training. They provided a hotel for quarantine. I could not receive the adequate medication that I needed from ER. The PCP advised me in Florida to travel from GA to have a particular medication. They terminated my employment because I did my quarantine at my home in Florida, not in GA (Hotel). I believe it's unfair. Doctors' notes were given, and they didn't want to accept them without reason. I believe this termination is unlawful. I am filing a complaint to EEOC next Tuesday. Do I have a case?
It's possible that you may have a case if your termination was discriminatory or in violation of federal law or agency policy. The EEOC investigates complaints of employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information, so if you believe that your termination was based on one of these factors, you should file a complaint with the EEOC.
Additionally, federal agencies must follow certain procedures when terminating employees, so if you believe that your termination was not in compliance with agency policy or federal law, you should speak with an employment attorney who can advise you on your rights and options. It's also worth noting that federal employees have certain rights and protections under the law, including the right to due process and the ability to appeal an adverse employment action.
Overall, whether or not you have a case will depend on the specific circumstances of your termination, so it's important to gather all relevant information and consult with an experienced attorney.
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